Wine & Spirits 92 - A to Z’s 2015 is a compelling melange of fruit and bramble, with a bosky scent of violets, clove and sous bois. Those savory notes sit comfortably in the background; the dark strawberry and cherry flavors are generous, vibrant and insistent, the texture rich yet fine. Drinking beautifully now, it’s a steal for quality Oregon pinot.
Wine Spectator 91 - Lightly prickly tannins surround a sleek, supple core of raspberry, cherry and floral flavors. A hint of savory spice adds to the gentle finish. Best from 2018 through 2022.
Wine Enthusiast 90 - Bottled to celebrate the brand's 15th anniversary, this "Essence of Oregon" blend includes grapes from 35 different vineyards. It's a lively lovely wine, with spicy raspberry and cranberry fruit, framed in dark chocolate. Balancing acids keep it fresh and focused, and it has some of the lush jamminess of the better 2015 Beaujolais.
The 2015 A to Z Essence of Oregon Pinot Noir is a brilliant burgundy color from rim to center. Classic Pinot Noir fruit aromas of Bing cherries, raspberry jam, fresh boysenberries and plum compote are joined by appealing floral and herbal notes like violets, iris and peony roses with marjoram, bay leaf and white pepper. On the attack, the wine shows off the intensity and purity of the 2015 Oregon vintage with intense flavors of red, blue and black fruits. The mid-palate is impeccably balanced with succulent acidity matching firm tannins and beautifully ripe fruit flavors. The wine builds towards a very long finish with lingering flavors of lifted cherry, dusty earth, smoke and hints of iron, 5-spice and vanilla. Drink now through 2025. Certified bio-dynamic.